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JD Wetherspoon closes all of its social media accounts with immediate effect

16 April 2018

Pubs group J D Wetherspoon PLC (LON:JDW) has closed down the largely moribund social media accounts of all of its pubs.

Tim Martin's nearly 900-strong pub chain will have no social media presence following a spate of negative publicity surrounding platforms such as Facebook, which has recently sparked uproar following claims users' details were misused.

Martin's vocal support for Vote Leave during the European Union referendum led to Twitter campaigns calling for a boycott of the chain, while Facebook pages for Wetherspoon's pubs have proven "a magnet for bad reviews".

The pub chain said the move also takes into account recent concerns over the misuse of personal data and the addictive nature of social media.

JD Wetherspoon chairman and founder Tim Martin said the company was going "against conventional wisdom" that a social media presence is important to a business's success and noted that not having Facebook or Twitter accounts will have no effect on the pub firms businesses.

"It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion", Martin said.

The social media blackout will affect the company's head office as well as the more than 900 Wetherspoons pubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Fascinating interviews with Gary Lineker, Russell Brand, Lily Allen, Eric Cantona, Alastair Campbell, Jon Ronson, Nick Clegg and more.

Mr Martin said Wetherspoon would remain as vocal as ever, but would instead use its magazine and website as well as the press for news updates.

"We will also be maintaining our website and the Wetherspoon app and encourage customers to get in touch with us via our website or by speaking with the manager at their local pub", he added.

JD Wetherspoon closes all of its social media accounts with immediate effect